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I have stayed away from Twitter, Facebook: Afridi

Pakistan's bower Shahid Afridi celebrates the dismissal of England's batsman Joe Root during the third T20 cricket match between Pakistan and England at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)   | Photo Credit: Kamran Jebreili

Shahid Afridi has played enough cricket for Pakistan to know when to expect bouquets or brickbats.

Even as the Pakistan team is haunted by the ghost of its loss to India in Kolkata the other night, Afridi said he had shut himself out from all distractions.

“People who get angry with us also love us. In the sub-continent, cricket is big. We have to take these things positively and perform, because they love us a lot. We shouldn’t mind if they say something.

“Even before the tournament started, people had written us off. I have stayed away from Twitter and Facebook, but I know how people are reacting back home. Whatever happens that is a thing for the future, but right now all we can do is perform well,” said the Pakistan captain on the eve of the crunch match against New Zealand at the PCA Stadium here.

“Sometimes, in Pakistan games, they make the pitch differently,” said Afridi while referring to the match against India.

He also underlined the importance of moving on from that defeat. “If you create a panic situation in the team, it will be difficult to sort things out. Miracles always don’t work in cricket. We have to stop repeating small mistakes and play good cricket.

“New Zealand has been playing well, but the conditions are different here.

“We have the hunger to win the match,” added Afridi.

Adapting better

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson put things in perspective when asked about his side’s good run.

“We picked a squad to suit all conditions. Perhaps, in the past, we have tried to play the New Zealand way in the sub-continent. But, in this tournament, even though we have played just two games, we have adapted a lot better.”

Hesson, who felt that the conditions here were almost similar to the ones back home, warned his players that it wouldn’t be easy against the “unpredictable” and “skilful” Pakistanis.

“Their bowling attack is very challenging. We have been fortunate enough to have played them recently. As a batting unit, they are relatively predictable and that gives us more opportunity with the ball,” said Hesson.


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